Monthly Archives: June 2018

Aparecida 469ab: Courses In Bioethics

The Aparecida bishops outline nine steps to promote life issues. The first two involve education. 469. So that the disciples and missionaries may praise God, giving thanks for life and serving it, we propose the following actions: a) Pursue the … Continue reading

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GeE 91: Distractions From The Beatitudes

Obstacles abound in the world. Even committed disciples may find themselves tainted by the worldly philosophies that surround us. Sometimes the world even prevents the living of a life fully attuned to Matthew 5:1-12. Let’s read: 91. In living the … Continue reading

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Aparecida 467-468: Consistent Ethic Of Life

The church in many places is strong in preaching a consistent ethic of life, as it does here: 467. Today we stand before new challenges that call us to be the voice of the voiceless. The child growing in its … Continue reading

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GeE 90: Persecution For Righteousness’ Sake

Ready for the eighth Beatitude? Ready to be a nuisance? Let’s read: “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” 90. Jesus himself warns us that the path he proposes goes against … Continue reading

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Aparecida 464-466: Proclaiming and Defending Life

Our next heading reads: The Culture of Life: Proclaiming It And Defending It. Three short paragraphs introduce the seventh theme of the ninth chapter. Why is the Catholic stance so unambiguously pro-life? Any by this, not politically pro-life, though there … Continue reading

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GeE 89: The Difficulty of Making Peace

89. It is not easy to “make” this evangelical peace, which excludes no one but embraces even those who are a bit odd, troublesome or difficult, demanding, different, beaten down by life or simply uninterested. Given the state of incivility … Continue reading

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Guess Who’s Disinvited Now?

I might part company with people who perceive themselves as close to me in political belief on this opinion. A spokesperson for a prominent politician was asked to leave a restaurant after her party was served the snack course. I … Continue reading

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